San Francisco is one of my favorite cities, and despite its hills it’s actually quite walkable. Truth be told, there are a lot of short level walks that wheelchair-users and slow walkers can enjoy, and Walking San Francisco highlights many of them. In fact, more than half of the 33 walks in this excellent book are rated as “easy,” and are very doable for wheelchair-users and slow walkers.
Author Tom Downs does an great job of describing the character of each neighborhood walk, and he highlights the points of interest along the route. He also mentions inside public spaces – such as the glass elevator in the Hyatt Regency – and notes cafes and diners that are worth a stop.
The book includes a map for each walk, along with parking and public transportation information. And I have to add that the book is very well researched. I’ve done all the walks included in the book, and Downs is spot-on in his evaluation of the difficulty level of each of them. He’s also quick to point out access obstacles such as hills or stairs. Not only does this book map out the more accessible areas of town, but it also gives wheelchair-users and slow walkers the heads up on which areas to avoid.
Walking San Francisco is a good resource for wheelchair-users and slow walkers who plan on visiting the City by the Bay. Although it points out some of the major tourist attractions, it also includes some hidden gems that many people completely miss.
The book is available from most online vendors, but you’ll get the best price from the publisher, Wilderness Press.